UPS composite-bodied prototype delivery vehicle

UPS has announced that it's testing five CV-23 prototype vehicles from Utilimaster/Isuzu. The goal of the trial is to see if the CV-23s can survive the rigors of hauling packages in extreme conditions while reducing fuel consumption by 40 percent when compared to UPS' standard P70 delivery truck. The testing for these vehicles began in April and will conclude at the end of 2011.

The 150-horsepower prototype truck utilizes an Isuzu four-cylinder diesel engine and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The engine is significantly smaller than the P70's oil-burning mill and the thought is that this downsized engine will sip less fuel. Overall, the CV-23 tips the scales at 1,000 pounds less than the P70 due to its composite body panels.

UPS has selected five locations to determine CV-23's ability to handle diverse conditions. The deployment areas are:
  • Lincoln, Nebraska: some of the roughest back roads in the country
  • Albany, New York: tough winter conditions
  • Tuscon, Arizona: extreme heat of the desert
  • Flint, Michigan: long urban route near Isuzu headquarters
  • Roswell, Georgia: vehicle will be used in close proximity to UPS' corporate automotive department
Click here to view UPS' interactive infographic detailing some of the CV-23's unique features.

[Source: UPS]
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UPS Composite Car Fact Sheet

UPS has agreed to test five new CV-23 prototype vehicles from Utilimaster / Isuzu to see if they can meet the demands of UPS's operating needs.

* The testing for these vehicles begins in April 2011 and will conclude at the end of December 2011.

* The goal is to see if the CV-23 withstands the rigors of UPS's daily delivery routes while achieving a 40 percent increase in fuel efficiency over the UPS P70 diesel package car.

* UPS sees this vehicle as traditionally fueled, with an alternative design for both its engine and chassis.

* The 150-horsepower truck utilizes an Isuzu four-cylinder diesel engine and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The engine is smaller than a traditional UPS diesel engine and the hope is the smaller engine will sip less fuel during daily operations.

* The Utilimaster / Isuzu CV-23 has 630 cubic feet of cargo space compared to 700 cubic feet in the P70.

* The CV-23 is approximately 1,000 lbs lighter than the P70 due to the use of composite body panels.

* UPS has chosen five locations to determine the ability of the CV-23 to handle all types of climate conditions. These routes were chosen because they presented varied extremes that UPS vehicles encounter around the country. The deployment areas are:

o Lincoln, Nebraska – some of the roughest back roads in the country
o Albany, New York – tough winter conditions
o Tuscon, Arizona – extreme heat of the desert
o Flint, Michigan – long urban route near Isuzu headquarters
o Roswell, Georgia – vehicle here will provide close access for the UPS corporate automotive department.

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